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An on-line archive of articles and commentary on wind and solar energy, community power, renewable energy policy, electric vehicles, and Advanced Renewable Tariffs by Paul Gipe

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  • February 4, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

    We drive 2015 Nissan Leaf, an Electric Vehicle or EV. Both before and after we leased the car, I carefully researched the kinds of EVs available and what would be best for us. I learned a lot from...[more]

    February 4, 2016,  

    How much has the car's battery capacity declined since we leased it and will it recover when warm weather returns?[more]

    January 30, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

    Wherein we again learn the importance of avoiding dependence on a GPS, on the value of paper maps, and on driving conservatively.[more]

    January 27, 2016,   by LA Times Editorial Board

    Although the PUC has already said it will reduce the number of charging stations in the original proposals by SCG&E and PG&E, the plans are still troubling in their scale and their financing.

    January 26, 2016,   by Kyle Field

    The creating of a new unit dedicated to “battery-powered vehicles” is a milestone as well — indicating that the auto giant has confidence that battery-powered vehicles are not just a passing fad, a...

  • February 5, 2016,   by Olivier Danielo

    L’énergie grise des routes solaires pourrait les empêcher de tirer plus vite que leur ombre. Après la forte émulsion médiatique des dernières semaines, elles pourraient retomber rapidement à plat...

    February 1, 2016,   by Dave Toke

    The announcement by the Treasury that their offer of loan guarantees for the EPR at Hinkley C is linked to successful functioning of the Flamanville EPR means that short of absolute lunacy reigning...

    January 31, 2016,   by Ketan Joshi

    Renewable energy, presented as environmentally friendly and clean, must turn out to be harmful to humans and the environment. There's an ironic, vindicating righteousness in believing, as intensely...

    January 29, 2016,   by Craig Morris

    It’s enough to make you despair: French Energy Minister Ségolène Royal has announced the construction of 1,000 kilometers of solar panels, which would be fine if she didn’t plan to pave roads with...

    January 29, 2016,   by Dave Toke

    he spectacle of the disastrous attempts to build a new generation of nuclear reactor - the European Pressurised Reactors (EPRs) - and EDF's apparent desire to carry on despite the increasing...

  • February 2, 2016,   by Daniel Cusick

    “The feed-in tariff is still important as a driver,” Lewis said, “but there are other government policies and incentives that are continuing to drive the rapid pace” of wind power development in...

    January 25, 2016,   by Crair Morris

    It was fun while it lasted, but China has reportedly reached 43 gigawatts, compared to just under 40 gigawatts in Germany. The Germans have lost their status as the largest PV country in terms of...

    January 19, 2016,   by Christian Roselund

    MOEA credits the passage of the nation’s feed-in tariff under the Renewable Energy Development Act with this growth, noting that installed PV levels in the Southern Region have increased more than...

    January 14, 2016,  

    Since the beginning of this year, this fee was reduced from 33 cents to 25 cents for the resupply of electricity to the power grid. This feed-in tariff is the result of the policy on renewable energy...

    January 14, 2016,   by Tom Kenning

    Spain’s Constitutional Court has published the full details of its judgement rejecting appeals against a decrease in feed-in tariffs for renewable energy sources, but the reasoning has been branded...

  • January 28, 2016,   by David Pratt

    Mongoose Energy has revealed that two of its affiliated community energy companies (bencoms) have raised over £2 million for solar developments since the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) tax relief...

    January 21, 2016,   by Paul Monaghan

    In total, there are now some 2,800 energy co-operatives across Europe according to REScoop. And, as the size and scale of the sector has become better appreciated, so too has the political support it...

    January 14, 2016,   by Craig Morris

    The EU created a set-aside for small projects. Called the de minimus rule, it allows projects smaller than six megawatts to go forwards without having to take part in auctions. In addition, wind...

  • February 2, 2016,   by Craig Morris

    The good news is that just over 3.5 gigawatts was installed, putting 2015 in second position behind the roughly 4.4 gigawatts of 2014 and ahead of the previous record year of 2002 at 3.2 gigawatts.

    January 26, 2016,   by David Dodge, Dylan Thompson

    It seems to happen with every new technology. It wasn't so long ago that some people were convinced a photograph could steal your soul. We may read about that now and have a little chuckle, but are...

    January 22, 2016,  

    Danish authorities are to re-open an investigation into a diver’s death while working on an offshore wind farm in the German North Sea.

  • December 23, 2015,   by Craig Morris

    This year, it will have closer to a third renewable power, close the new target for 2020, which now stands at 35 percent. Moreover, the level of 20 percent – once thought hard to reach by 2020 – has...

    December 7, 2015,   by Giles Parkinson

    The company responsible for more than one-third of Germany’s electricity grid says there is no issue absorbing high levels of variable renewable energy such as wind and solar, and grids could absorb...

    November 5, 2015,   by Dave Toke

    In fact, buried deep inside regulatory reports there is official recognition that wind power does have substantial equivalent firm capacity.

  • January 8, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

    Nolan Clark, an early wind pioneer, summarizes a lifetime of developing and testing wind turbines for agricultural use in Small Wind: Planning and Building Successful Installations.[more]

    January 5, 2016,   by Craig Morris

    As the German PV market continues to grind to a halt, new rules that took effect on January 1 could slow things down even further.

    November 16, 2015,   by Craig Morris

    If you want to stay hooked up to the grid, the utility controls your battery storage, and you get a feed-in tariff (currently around 10 cents) with a target six-percent return, which is fairer than...

  • September 14, 2015,   by Taufeeq Dhansay

    But to really accelerate geothermal, government would need to come up with better incentives for research and development. This may include offering a renewable energy feed in tariff for geothermal.

    August 15, 2015,  

    As a first step, group subsidiary SB Energy has begun a field study to build a small 300kW binary-cycle geothermal power plant in the city of Itoigawa in southern Niigata Prefecture. The company...

    August 11, 2015,  

    The Ministry of the Environment will introduce a system to promote geothermal power generation by involving local municipalities from the initial stages of plant construction, according to informed...

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